Tuesday, June 21, 2016

For #pagyanig drill Wednesday…
Know local hazards, building
strengths, evacuation areas 

TAGBILARAN CITY, June 20, (PIA) –As everyone is expected to be would be jolted when an earthquake strikes, a decent knowledge of the hazards in your area, knowledge on structural integrity of buildings where you are in and retrofitting when possible can be the make or break when a big earthquake strikes.

Knowledge of the three basic facts can also be the basis for planning for preparedness when a high magnitude earthquake happens, according to the national Disaster and Risk Reduction management council (NDRRMC). 

And to test the plans and readiness of local government units, NDRRMC and Office of Civil Defense (OCD) conducts a nationwide simultaneous earthquake drill on Wednesday, June 22, 2016.

Also campaigned as #Pagyanig on social media, the drill aims to assess readiness of communities when a major earthquake occurs.

On this, Provincial DRRMCs also expect schools and establishments frequented by people to unite for the drill which is seen as a crucial step in directing people to safety and getting them into the safety groove, according to the PDRRMC chief Maynard Butalid.

According to the NDRRMC, before an earthquake can happen, one must secure unstable appliances, hanging objects, breakables and gas mains or tanks.

Then, the council stressed that one should be familiar with escape routes, medical kits, fire fighting equipment, and reliable communications equipment. 

It might also be good to ready an emergency supply kit with clean clothes, blanket, first aid equipment, flashlights, spare batteries and communications equipment.      
On Wednesday, June 22, at 9:00 AM, the country picks on the worst case scenario with a big earthquake caused by the West Marikina Valley Fault, which has the potential to kill thousands.

With the drill, we expect schools to have already designated safe earthquake evacuation areas. This means the area must be open, away from trees, powerlines, buildings or from steep slopes that may slide, according to an NDRRMC infographic.

At the event of an earthquake, when inside a structurally stable structure, stay inside, experts stressed.

Duck under a sturdy structure or table, cover the head and hold, making sure the arms protect the head.
But when the building may not hold out, go to the nearest exit, keeping away from glass windows, and follow the exit to the evacuation center.
The June 22 simultaneous national earthquake drill employs the supervision of local governments even as the NDRRMC oversees local responses according to established protocols, explained the PDRRMC. 

In accordance with law, local governments are the primary responders within their jurisdiction, requesting help only from the provincial and national government if needed. "Everything we are doing is based on parameters and plans," NDRRMC reminds

Local government units (LGUs) are expected to be at the frontline of emergency measures in the aftermath of disasters to ensure the general welfare of its constituents, according to the Local Government Code of 1991. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)

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